TOKYO, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said here Monday that Japan and Britain should enhance bilateral security cooperation, especially in the aspect of maritime security.
Speaking a conference under the theme of "Rejuvenating U.K.- Japan relations for the 21st century", the prime minister said the two countries should work together to ensure maritime security as peace in the seas is directly linked to national interests.
Abe said that the two countries have agreed to develop defensive weapons cooperatively, adding that Japan's Maritime Self- Defense Forces and British navy will together fight against piracy in the waters off Somalia.
Japan and Britain are boosting their security cooperation. The two island counties in June agreed to share intelligence and accelerate joint development of defense equipments.